Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (BYR)

Book Review: Zero Tolerance

Book Review: Zero Tolerance

I found the premise of Zero Tolerance to be intriguing and sure enough, this book kept me up all night reading. Sierra is a girl that gets good grades, does extra curricula and always does the right thing. Unfortunately for her, the school has a zero tolerance policy. So even though she had taken her mother's lunch to school by mistake and even though she turned it in right away, the punishment for having a knife at school is expulsion.  Personally, I don't think zero tolerance is a good policy when it involves well-meaning students to be expelled for no […]

Posted September 6, 2013
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Book Review: The Barftastic..

Book Review: The Barftastic Life of Louie Burger

Louie Burger is destined to be the next best comedian – the only problem is that he has stage fright. He can't perform in front of others and never has before – until the 5th grade talent show. If he doesn't prove his worth as a comedian, he may lose his closet and comedy stage to his older sister, which cannot happen. And beyond that, his best friend seems to have a new best friend – who likes sports but is also a girl. Somehow Louie must face his fears and overcome his stage fright and hopefully win back his […]

Posted June 13, 2013
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Book Review: Unremembered

Book Review: Unremembered

Unremembered takes readers on an incredible adventure. From a plane crash to memory loss to some crazy scientific elements, Unremembered is a read that will not easily be forgotten. Unremembered, for the most part, was an extremely pleasing read. Sera (aka Violet) was a strong character, who just wants to know who she is. When she meets the mysterious Zen, the puzzle pieces began to fall into place, but not the way that I expected. Books with memory loss are really a hit or miss with me. On one side, I love discovering the past that was forgotten. The thrill […]

Posted March 22, 2013
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Book View: Diamond Willow

Book View: Diamond Willow

Short & Sweet: Told in verse, Diamond Willow tells the story of Willow in verse and then her ancestors in animal form in regular prose. Willow lives in Alaska and is finally allowed to make a sled dog journey on her own, twelve miles to her grandparents. On the way back, there is a fallen log and one of her dogs becomes hurt and may be blinded for the rest of her life. This novel was well written, with smaller messages within the poems that are bold and show what Willow is thinking as the novel goes on. The integration […]

Posted March 13, 2013
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Graphic Novel Review: A Wri..

Graphic Novel Review: A Wrinkle in Time

Plot: I have never actually read A Wrinkle in Time, even though it my mom’s favorite book. So as to comparing the graphic novel to the written novel, I cannot say how accurate it was. It was a great story though and I was eager to see how long it was, almost 400 pages! I loved the pace of the story, the build up to the end of the novel. I think I will definitely have to read the actual novel now, as I really enjoyed the plotline in this graphic novel. Characters: I can see why many girls love […]

Posted February 22, 2013
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Book Review: Because it is ..

Book Review: Because it is My Blood

Review: All These Things I've Done   I absolutely loved the first in this series and could not wait to dig into the sequel. I read it in one night, no joke.   Anya is quite the interesting character and I feel that she grows a bit more into herself and how she wants to be apart of the family business in this novel. I love seeing the romance set aside. A good portion of the book is set in Mexico on a cocoa farm, which I was happy to see that side of the business and will be interested […]

Posted September 25, 2012
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Double Monster Review: Mons..

Double Monster Review: Monstrous Beauty

  While I absolutely adore mermaid books, finding a good one seems like it is getting harder and harder. After being burned a few times, I decided to approach Monstrous Beauty hesitantly. Don't get my hopes up too high. Don't be afraid to give up if you have to. Unlike most other mermaid books, Monstrous Beauty reads more like a historical tale than a contemporary one. Fama introduces readers to two main characters: Hester, in the present, and Syrenka, in the past. Both characters tales are interwoven through out the book, giving readers a better understanding of the big picture. […]

Posted August 26, 2012
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Book View: Dead End in Norv..

Book View: Dead End in Norvelt

Short & Sweet: I should probably do a full review of this book, but I don't want to ruin anything. This book is hilarious and like nothing I have EVER experienced or read. I can't get over Jack's neighbor, an amazing character who writes obituaries but can barely use her hands thanks to arthritis, yet still manages to cauterize his nasal passages. Let's just say this book is one that everyone should read. A historical fiction that makes you feel like you were actually there in Jack's shoes, experience every weird mysterious aspect of the town he lived in.   […]

Posted June 27, 2012
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